Waturi Matu Senior Director, Business Competitiveness
As Senior Director, Business Competitiveness, Waturi Matu directs and monitors programmes that focus on; Private Sector Advocacy, Transport & Logistics, Export Capability and Women and Trade at the Regional and National level to enhance the competitiveness of sectors in East Africa. She is a seasoned professional with more than 17 years of experience in intermediation (Lobbying and Advocacy), SME development, business advisory services, project management, monitoring & evaluation and administration of grants and contracts. Waturi has served in the past as the Coordinator at the East Africa Tourism Platform (EATP), Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Association of Travel Agents and as the Regional Program Manager for the African Women Agribusiness Network East Africa. Prior to her current position, Waturi was the Director, Private Sector Advocacy at TMEA.
Mark Priestley Senior Director, Trade Logistic Clusters
Mark is a Senior Director for Trade Logistic Clusters and leads on this new work stream under our Strategy 2 to support export-led industrialization in East Africa. He has been with TMEA since its startup, first as Country Director for Rwanda and then as Senior Director for Country Programmes where he spearheaded new programmes in Ethiopia and DRC. Mark is a development economist with 25 years experience of managing aid-funded programmes in private sector development, trade and regional integration in emerging economies. He spent his formative years with the European Commission supporting East European countries with their transition to a market economy and their entry into the European Union. During his time with the EU in Bosnia and Herzegovina, he was involved with post-war economic regeneration, before moving to South Africa where he managed a large EU grant fund. Prior to his current position, Mark was the Senior Director, Country Programmes at TMEA.
Alban is an entrepreneurial ICT and Business Development Expert with over 15 years of experience in designing, developing and implementing trade, transport and logistics systems that aim to enhance efficiency and sound governance of public and private sector organizations, such Customs Administration, Port Authorities, Standards and Quality Agencies, among others. He has been involved in the implementation of information systems across Eastern Africa and Asia. As TMEA’s Director for ICT for Trade and Transport Facilitation, he oversaw the delivery of TMEA’s Strategy Information Technology Programme across the region; some of the flagship projects he supported include, the Regional Electronic Cargo Tracking System (RECTS) the Uganda and Rwanda Electronic Single Window System, and digitalization project for over 20 government trade and transport agencies across Eastern Africa.
In his role as Senior Director, Transport, Abhishek supports regional integration and trade competitiveness in East Africa by helping infrastructure agencies prepare and finance key transport and logistics facilities. Abhishek has over 18 years of experience and in this time he has worked on the entire value chain of infrastructure development, from strategy to implementation as well financing. He has worked in a number of developing countries in Asia and Africa for a variety of institutions including national and state governments, infrastructure developers, private equity companies as well as several development finance institutions. Prior to joining TMEA he was a Director in Deloitte.